Al Franken resigned. And he had to. There may be a debate about the relative seriousness of the various abuse claims. But the sheer number — now eight — made Franken’s position untenable. But the way the Democrats went about it was pathetic. They lost a man who had been good on women’s issues and got nothing in return.

Kirsten Gillibrand started the ball rolling yesterday with a post on her Facebook page demanding that Franken resign. But it wasn’t until the sixth paragraph that she got around to others.

In her words:

While it’s true that his behavior is not the same as the criminal conduct alleged against Roy Moore, or Harvey Weinstein, or President Trump, it is still unquestionably wrong, and should not be tolerated by those of us who are privileged to work in public service.   

Why are Democrats letting these perverts off easy?

Why weren’t those other offenders sharing the spotlight? Why didn’t she demand that these other abusers resign? I’m not singling out Gillibrand. Many others were quick to pile-on the ‘Franken must resign train’ without using the pulpit to point out the greater sins of the pussy-grabber and the child molester.

I’m also not suggesting that the Democrats should have excused Franken. Or even say “if you aren’t going to get rid of yours, we aren’t going to get rid of ours”. But where’s the fight?

Trump says that all twenty women who accused him of assault were lying — all twenty — and besides they were too ugly to abuse anyway. Moore says all nine of his accusers are lying. Why aren’t the Democrats attacking the misogyny?

Republicans are saying that women are liars; that they aren’t credible. That no matter how many charge a man with vile deeds it must be the man who is telling the truth. It is unabashed and shameless sexism.

Why aren’t the Democrats hammering home that the abuser-in-chief is openly promoting a kiddie-diddler? They should be running ads asking why the RNC changed its mind and now is throwing money at Moore. And why McConnell once said he believed the women, but has now turned his back on decency and punted to the ‘people of Alabama’.

If the Democrats are serious about winning in 2018, they need to armor up, get vicious and take the fight to the GOP. As H.L. Mencken said:

“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.”

And fortunately for America, normal women too can spit on their hands and get stuck in.



Bill O’Reilly Wallows in Fox News’ Pigsty.

April 4, 2017

Another woman, contributor Julie Roginski, has hit Fox News with a sexual harassment lawsuit. This after the New York Times revealed that its number one revenue generator, Bill O’Reilly is a serial abuser – costing the network $13 million in settlements. From a business perspective, his abuse is less ignoble than ignorable. Bill O’Reilly is a money […]

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Donald Trump Campaigns To Be Sadist In Chief.

March 30, 2016

“The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.’ – Carl Jung Donald Trump’s campaign has taken a turn for the worse – and who knew there was a worse? He is now threatening to ban all abortions and punish women who get one. It is a frightening […]

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Religious Hypocrisy. Josh Duggar Is Not Alone.

May 23, 2015

“The word ‘religion’ has acquired a very bad name among those who really love truth, justice, charity. It also exhales the musty odor of sanctimony and falsehood” ― Luther Burbank Another pious prig has proved to have feet of clay. Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the “Nineteen and Counting’ Duggars, confessed to child abuse as […]

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For Bigotry to Flourish, Its Victims Must Be Stripped of their Humanity

May 16, 2015

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee – ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Racism, xenophobia, and other bigotry are easy when you do not see people as individuals – but only as part of a […]

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We Claim Civility, But too Often Our Words and Actions Belie That.

January 18, 2015

“A civil tongue speaks the language of masters. An uncivil tongue reveals character flaws of its master.” ― John R. Dallas Jr. Most Americans consider themselves to be friendly and compassionate. Eighty percent of us say we are Christian – and that is a religion of love – right? So why are some of us […]

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Really? 7.23.14 – Texas hates on women; Politicians with ADHD; Ignoring evidence; Cruel, but not so unusual; ACA games.

July 23, 2014

“And what sort of lives do these people, who pose as being moral, lead themselves? My dear fellow, you forget that we are in the native land of the hypocrite.” – Oscar Wilde Texas wants them barefoot and pregnant. Texas promotes abstinence-only sex ed. It has slashed funding for family planning services. It has so regulated […]

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Really? – 2.2.14 – A mixed week for the religious; A GOPer sneers at science; and the Supreme Court takes a beating.

July 2, 2014

It’s been a mixed week for the religious. Obviously the Hobby Lobby is great news for those who think arbitrary religious beliefs take precedence over national law. On the other hand, there were events less favorable to those who think that religion has some higher claim to moral or legal authority. More hypocrisy in the […]

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Really? – 5/3/14. Historical fiction; Comic fiction; Gun monomania; A new civil war averted; The abortion President.

May 3, 2014

“Dispute not with her: she is lunatic.” ― William Shakespeare, Richard III Revisionism David Barton is a Christian historian – who simplified his life by abjuring research and turning instead to making stuff up – has declared that a woman’s right to vote is unbiblical. He bases this odd claim on the notion that a married couple is […]

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